Selecting a "Free" Online Tool for ePortfolio Development
compiled by Dr. Helen Barrett

This chart was developed for K-12 schools, but it may be applicable to higher education.

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WordPress/ EduBlogs/ KidBlogs GoogleApps Education Edition: Docs/Sites/Blogger and Digication Mobile Apps with supporting websites Generic Web 2.0 Tools, blogs, including Weebly/Yola Mahara Open Source ePortfolio: hosted or own server

What is your purpose for creating portfolios? How does each tool support each process?

-Capturing & storing evidence
(stored in online system)
Limited 100MB storage in Edublogs/KidBlogs
WordPress.com allows 3 GB storage
1 GB storage in Docs, 5,000 docs, 100 MB attachments in Sites Use camera & microphone with cloud-based storage Unlimited storage - limit of 5MB per file in free version Limits set by server

-Learning/Reflecting (organized chronologically)
-Planning & setting goals

content management system & blogging platform Blogger or Announcements page type in Sites blogging & note taking apps (Evernote) blog page can be added to site blog included as part of system
-Formative Assessment
-Giving & receiving feedback
-Collaborating
Commenting in blog Commenting/Collaborating in Docs, Commenting in Blogger (limited comments in Sites) Depends on host system Commenting in blog Maraha has social network, commenting in blog
-Marketing/Employment
-Presenting to an audience
create pages highlighting skills, share hyperlink create Site or pages in Blogger highlighting skills, share hyperlink, Digication available to schools using GoogleApps Education presentation on mobile device to use in interview create website highlighting skills, share hyperlink, custom domain name (fee) create public view, share hyperlink
-Accountability/ Summative Assessment create pages or use tags/categories create Site or pages in Blogger. Digication available to schools using GoogleApps Education Depends on host system create website around outcomes/ standards Create templates around outcomes/ standards
-Collect data for Accountablity Reporting Requires external database or spreadsheet Requires external database or spreadsheet. Digication premium accounts include Assessment Management System Integration (fee) Depends on host system Requires external database or spreadsheet OSP/Sakai can create reports
-Showcase work thematically
-Presenting to an audience
create pages or use tags/categories create pages around each theme. Digication available to schools using GoogleApps Education Depends on apps & host system create website w/pages for each theme Create templates

What are your technology infrastructure and support needs? How does each tool match the support resources available?

-Server required? WordPress may be installed on local server, wordpress.com, EduBlogs/KidBlogs are hosted No (hosted by Google and Digication) No (depends on apps & host system) No (hosted systems) Yes
(some hosting sites available for a fee) Eportfolio Communities, FolioFor.Me
-Programming required? In-house server-based WordPress only GoogleApps requires Administrator No No Setting up templates
-Ease of Use for Students Medium/Low Low/Medium Low Medium Medium/High
-Age Appropriate Grades K-12 EduBlogs/KidBlogs K-6 WordPress 7-12 Grades 3-12 Grades 3-12 Grades 5-12 Grades 5-12
-Teacher Controls (setting up accounts, controlling content & process) through EduBlogs/KidBlogs through GoogleApps Administrator Control Panel & Teacher Dashboard add-on (fee) Depends on host system Weebly has Educator controls Part of system programming

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WordPress/EduBlogs/ KidBlogs GoogleApps Education Edition: Docs/Sites/Blogger and Digication Mobile Apps with supporting websites Generic Web 2.0 Tools, blogs, including Weebly/Yola Mahara Open Source ePortfolio: hosted or own server

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